Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” while discussing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump going after his potential general election opponent, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s husband former president Bill Clinton’s abuse of woman, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball” Chris Matthews said the attack will only make “her look strong,” which he said benefited her during he 2000 U.S. Senate campaign.
Matthews said, “Well, first, he’s playing defense because he got caught with the charge of sexism, so he’s shooting back. But just look at a couple facts. In 1998, the Republican party and the Congress impeached Bill Clinton. Two years later, Hillary Clinton was elected U.S. senator for New York. Just get those two facts. There’s a causality there. Because the way she handled a very difficult situation, the solid way she handled it, going up and campaigning for Chuck Schumer in ‘98, really being a party fighter, the real champion in the Democratic Party, despite all the embarrassment, made her look strong, it gave her a chance to prove herself as the independent political figure, she’s a United States senator. And if she hadn’t been elected to the United States Senate, hadn’t had the guts to run for it, she would’ve been a candidate in 2008.”
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